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Halloween 2015: Events for the week of October 9-15

So, another Halloween weekend is rapidly approaching, and even more ghouls are coming out to play. For those of you too busy to delve into the depths of massive calendar of events (a task akin to excavating an Egyptian tomb), here is a handy list of screenings, shows, haunts, and other attractions this week.


The Art Deco Society’s 2015 Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tour
October 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm| $20

hollywood forever cemetery art deco tourThe Art Deco Society of Los Angeles presents its annual Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tour. Though set in a cemetery during October, the guided tour is not specifically themed to Halloween: more historical than horrific, the lengthy stroll offers a fascinating overview of the cemetery’s art deco stylings and its most famous residents: Cecil B. Demille, Marion Davies, Tyrone Power, Rudolph Valentino, Maila Nurmi (Vampira), Fay Wray, and John Huston, along with the sometimes sordid stories of Hollywood scandal. The last leg of the tour includes some living history elements, with actresses embodying a silent film starlet and the mysterious Woman in Black.
The Art Deco Society’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery Walking Tour lasts approximately two-and-a-half hours. Wear comfortable shoes and a hat. Sunscreen or an umbrella might be advisable, depending on the weather. Bottled water is recommended.

Address: 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, Hollywood, CA 90038 United States

Tickets are $20 for the general public. Art Deco members get in free. The event’s webpage is here.

Address: 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90038


Black Sunday & Castle of Blood
October 11 & 12 @ 7:30 pm & 9:25 pm

Black Sunday & Castle of BloodThe New Beverly Cinema offers a double bill of Italian horror starring Barbara Steele. Mario Bava’s atmospheric classic Black Sunday shows up occasionally at festivals, but this is a rare opportunity to see Castle of Blood, an entertaining and spooky variation on the theme of spending a night in a haunted mansion.

Since the New Beverly screens 35mm prints from Quentin Tarantino’s collection, we wonder whether Black Sunday will indeed by the old American International Pictures, which was recut and rescored (by Les Baxter) for U.S. release (instead of the British version, titled Mask of Satan, which has been available for the past decade and a half).

Address: 7165 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90036

Website: www.thenewbev.com


Day of the Dead & The Crazies
October 14 & 15 @ 7:30 pm & 9:35 pm

As part of their month-long series of Halloween Horror screenings, the New Beverly Cinema offers a double-bill of horror from writer-director George A. Romero.

Address: 7165 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90036

Website: www.thenewbev.com


Dearly Departed G-G-G-Ghosts Tour
October 9 & 10 @ 7:00 pm | $30

Dearly Departed Ghost TourJoin”RIP the Undertaker” as he relates tragic tales while leading tourists on a one-mile walk through Horrific Haunting Grounds, Creepy Crime Scenes and Foreboding Famous Landmarks.  Each mourner is provided with an individual wireless receiver and headphones so no one will miss a word. Dress in black to mourn the dead.The tour lasts about 2 Hours.Those who arrive early may peruse Dearly Departed’s museum of deathly artifacts, including a piece of the first Hollywood Sign and an original costume from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Dates during the Halloween season are October 9-10, 15-17, 23-24, 29-31; November 1, 6-7, 14-15, 20-21. All tours begin at 7pm in Central Hollywood; the exact location is revealed when you purchase tickets.

Address given when you purchase tickets (somewhere in Central Hollywood).

Eeek! G-G-G- Ghosts! is presented Dearly Departed Tours.


From Dusk Till Dawn Marathon
October 9 @ 11:55 pm| $20

from-dusk-till-dawn-originalThe New Beverly Cinema offers a rare opportunity to view the From Dusk Till Dawn trilogy, plus Planet Terror in 35mm prints from Quentin Tarantino’s personal collection. The midnight marathon will run into the early hours of the morning, with action and horror from Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. Members of the audience will receive a reproduction of the original Japanese program for From Dusk Till Dawn.

Note: From Dusk Till Dawn plays again at the New Beverly on Friday, October 16 & 23, at midnight.

Address: 7165 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90036

Website: www.thenewbev.com


Drunken Devil: The Sinners Soiree
October 9 – November 1 @ @ 7:00 pm – 12:00 am| $18

Sinner's SoireeDrunken Devil Productions – a self-described “Los Angeles-based, horror-centric live-entertainment company – presents its first-ever Halloween event, which offers visitors a a chance to “encounter a menagerie of twisted, monstrous manifestations of vice and depravity.” 18-and-over only.

Prices are $18 for general admission, $25 for front-of-the-line tickets, and $50 for VIP privileges (includes access to the lounge and complimentary drinks).

Dates are October 9-11, 16-18, 22-25, 29-31, and November 1. Hours are 7p to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays; 7pm to 11pm on most Sundays and on Thursday, September 29; and 7pm to 11:30pm on Sunday, November 1.

Address: 939 S. Maple Avenue, Los Angeles, 90015

Website: www.drunkendevilproductions.com


Happy Hauntings 2015
October 10 – November 1 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm| $17.99

Happy Hauntings logoCastle Park offers this family-friendly Halloween event on weekends from October 10 through November 1, during regular park hours.

Day Time Activities Include a Pumpkin Carving Contest at 3:00 pm; a Costume Contest at 4:00 pml and a Trick-Or-Treat Street at 5:00 pm for children under 13 only). Additional fees apply to the Pumpkin Carving contest. All other activities are free.

Please note: Castle Park will be closed to the public on October 4, 2015.

The theme park also offers the scary Castle Dark on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October, from 7pm until closing time.

Address: 3500 Polk Street, Riverside, 92505

Website: www.castlepark.com


The Monster Squad: Cast & Crew Reunion Screening
October 11 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

monster_squad_390Creatures Features presents a cast-and-crew reunion screening of The Monster Squad, the 1987 kids fantasy film featuring Dracula, Frankenstein, and other classic movie monsters. There will be a VIP reception at noon, a panel discussion, then the screening, followed by another discussion.

The event takes place at the United Artists Theater, inside the Ace Hotel, at 929 S Broadway in Los Angeles. The webpage for the event is here.


Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns 2015: Santa Anita Park
October 9 – November 1 @ 5:15 pm – 9:30 pm| $26

Horses in StablesRise of the Jack O’Lanterns enchants Santa Anita Park this Halloween, beginning this weekend from Friday, October 9 through Sunday, October 11. The event continues on October 16-18, 23-25, 30-31 & November 1.

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns is as much an art exhibition as a tour, with over 5,000 Jack O’Lanterns arranged in themed installations over the course of a one-third mile trail, accompanied by original music. Expect to see a safari-full of larger-than-life animals, an auto show, movie and television stars, and a 50-foot dragon. The atmosphere is old-school Halloween fun, sometimes spooky but never scary. There are no mechanical pop-scares or costumed actors, just gorgeous sights and sounds.The walk is leisurely, requiring from 45 to 75 minutes, depending on how long you want to pause and gaze in wonder.

Tickets are $26 for adults, $22 for children 3-12, and free for children 2 and under.  Tickets are valid for specific dates and times, with groups allowed in at fifteen-minute intervals from 5:15pm through 9:30pm. A limited number of tickets is sold for each night, to prevent over-crowding.

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns also has installation at Descanso Gardens.

Address: 285 W Huntington Drive, Arcadia, 91007

Website: www.therise.org


Sinister Pointe 2015: Fear the Darkness
October 8 – November 8 @ 6:00 pm 1 10:00 pm| $25
Choose Your Fear: The Living Dead
The Living Dead

The Sinister Pointe Halloween attraction’s new show for Halloween 2015 opens this weekend: Fear the Darkness asks visitors to choose and confront their fears, guided in absolute darkness only by a friend in a control room equipped with infrared cameras. Visitors may select from Clowns, the Living Dead, Deranged, and Possession.

Fear the Darkness will run on October 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 29-31, November 1, 5-8, from 6pm to 10pm on Thursdays and Sundays, and from 6pm until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Prices at the door will be $25 for General Admission and $35 for Fast Pass; there is a $5-discount for advance online purchases, with an additional $2-off for the promo code “Fear.”

Address: 220 South Brea Boulevard, Brea, 92821

Website: www.sinisterpointe.com


Ward 13 from Evil Twins Studios
October 9 – October 31 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm | $15

Evil Twins WARD 13 Poster 2015Evil Twin Studios – whose Raymond Hill Mortuary won Hollywood Gothique’s 2104 Halloween Haunt Award for Best Professional Haunted House Walk-Through – opens a new attraction in a new location: Ward 13 – a twisted home for the criminally insane.

WARD 13 operates on Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00 to 11:00 PM, October 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31.

Tickets will cost $15 online and $17 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the South Pasadena Educational Foundation.

Address: 1020 El Centro Street, South Pasadena, 91030

Website: www.eviltwinstudios.com

Steve Biodrowski, Administrator

A graduate of USC film school, Steve Biodrowski has worked as a film critic, journalist, and editor at Movieline, Premiere, Le Cinephage, The Dark Side., Cinefantastique magazine, Fandom.com, and Cinescape Online. He is currently Managing Editor of Cinefantastique Online and owner-operator of Hollywood Gothique.